Proteas one-day skipper AB de Villiers is now joint top of the ICC’s rankings of best ODI batsmen.
South Africa captain AB de Villiers has risen up the one-day rankings after being awarded man of the series for his performances against Pakistan.
De Villiers scored 367 runs in the five-match series against the Pakistanis at an average of 91.75.
The 29-year-old joins teammate Hasim Amla at the top of the ICC rankings with both batsmen tied on a rating of 882.
The result shows South Africa’s dominance in all forms of world cricket currently, as their players also occupy the top two spots in the Test batsmen and bowlers’ lists.
For de Villiers it is confirmation of his incredible series with the bat for the Proteas, as he regains the top spot that he last held in May 2010.
Meanwhile, India’s Virat Kohli retains his place at number three while Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka has moved up three places to seventh in the rankings.
There was also good news for two other ODI captains as Pakistan’s Misbah-ul-Haq and Zimbabwe’s Brendan Taylor improved on their previous positions.
Misbah top-scored for Pakistan in their recent one-day tour of South Africa and has been rewarded with a ten place jump to 18th.
Zimbabwean skipper Taylor has earned himself a place back in the top 20 after rising one position.
The biggest mover in the rankings was young South African all-rounder Ryan McLaren. The man tipped to be a long-term successor to Jacques Kallis has risen a massive 46 places in the ICC’s list to now sit at 45th.